By Shirin Azad “Imagine if there are many worms outside our houses and you can’t go out because they hold a scary virus. That is why our family doctor always reminds us to be safe and stay home with our parents.” While I am explaining… Read More »Parenting in the Time of COVID-19
By Shirin Azad “It’s so hard that I can’t see my mom during this social isolation.” “It’s so difficult that I can’t visit my sisters.” “The hardest part for me in this pandemic is seeing my son 2 metres away.” “I really miss my co-workers… Read More »Brownie Rocking Chair vs. Childhood Snuggles with Dad
Coming to another country is hard in any way: either coming as an immigrant, student or sponsored. It takes a long time to make the new place a home. When you leave your home as an immigrant or student, you come with a plan and… Read More »Can I be a writer while I’m a refugee woman?
By Shirin Azad* 10,523 kilometres. It’s a long way – much farther than most people can imagine. That’s the distance from my home in Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) to Canada. Even the time is very different. When it’s daytime in Canada, it’s the middle of the… Read More »Home is where your tea is
By Shirin Azad* Do you fully understand what it means when you leave your country and start a new life in another country where is everything is so different? Changing your country means not just changing the land and leaving your family. It means changing… Read More »Welcome to (Your New) Work!